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Memento Mori ring
Gold ring, the flat six-pointed bezel with an enamelled skull, the hoop chased and ending in scrolls which are enamelled in colours.
17.12 mm internal ring diameter; 6.03 g weight
Bought in London
Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; WA1897.CDEF.F642
Mortality rates were high in the sixteenth and seventeenth century due to war, plague and famine and Memento Mori rings such as this example were intended to remind the wearer of their mortal state.
Scarisbrick and Henig, Finger Rings, 2003, pl. 20.1